Room Redos

Bathroom Renovations: The Reno that Never Ends

October 8, 2015

It’s been a month since we started renovating our half bathroom downstairs. If the title of this post tells you anything, it seems like this little room is taking forever. Granted we haven’t worked on it consistently. We were sick one week, we were overwhelmed another…

I realized that we never shared our actual plan for the room, which may be a good thing, because it’s changed about 5 times.  For 3 years I have had this photo…


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…taped to the wall in there. It was the first bathroom that I was really smitten with. I was drawn to the neutral color scheme, the stripes, and the pops of color. I don’t know that I ever wanted to do this exactly… I think I just wanted to get the feel of the room. That sort of refined, vintage elegance. (Side note: I am looking at this picture now and wondering what the heck those knobs by the floor are for.) When we ran into the pipe issue, we talked about putting tile on the lower half of the walls to beef them up so that they would stick out past the pipe. However, there was a cost concern with tile. That’s why when we found this photo…


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…we decided to use planks instead of tile. But now, I think other than the pedestal sink and the neutral color scheme, we are no where near that inspiration photo. So let me show you what has been inspiring this renovation.


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  1. Love the neutral color scheme + pedestal sink
  2. Love the simple round mirror + the cute stool
  3. Love everything to the left side of the photo. That brick wall had me at hello.
  4. That sign and the photo above has me cracking up. 100% DIYing a sign like.


So far we’ve finished adding planks to 4 of the 5 walls, installed a wood support between the studs for the pedestal sink, and laid and grouted the new tile.


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We also painted the ceiling a deep blue/black.


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Obviously, the paint needs a little touching up where it meets the wall, but we’re still debating on whether or not to add crown moulding.

As for that 5th wall (behind the toilet)…


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Yep! We added a faux brick wall! We had a friend over, and she asked me how we got the exposed brick, if we had to remove the wall to find it. She thought it was real brick, and that totally made my day.

So what’s left?

We finally found a solution to our baseboard / pipe situation. We also finally found a trim piece that we like to cap off the top of the planks. So:

  • Cap off the planks
  • Add the baseboards
  • Paint the planks behind the sink (and the new caps and baseboards)
  • Install the sink + pedestal
  • Add another coat of paint to the walls
  • Add crown or touch up the walls near the ceiling
  • Add trim to one side of the door frame (We removed it to get the previous vanity out and it has since gone missing.)
  • Re-install the toilet
  • Put the door back on
  • Get some sort of window dressing
  • Caulk here and there
  • Make sign, add towel hook, toilet paper holder
  • Make the grout all one color (We couldn’t find the exact color of the current grout, so we had to go with something similar.)

I’m hoping to get some of that list knocked out today, but at the moment the laundry mountain is calling my name.


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  • Reply Jennifer October 8, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    In my opinion, you can NEVER go wrong with planks! I love how it’s coming along and maybe it was good to get a week or 2 break from it (not that it was good to be sick and overwhelmed!) because it allows your brain time to process where your visions going with it!

    • Reply Blair October 8, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Agreed, Jennifer!

  • Reply Jody Powell October 9, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I really like the planks; that was a great idea. And good job on the bricks! I need to paint some like that at the theatre so please share how you did that. I have an idea, but I want to know what actually works, lol.

    • Reply Blair October 9, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Will do, Jody!

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